The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Russian Women Protest

Jan 1, 2024

Women from all over Russia are angry and fed up with the long deployments of their husbands and sons in the war in Ukraine. They are protesting the official argument that mobilized troops are needed in combat indefinitely to secure the Russian homeland.

Protesting anything in Russia is different from protesting here in the U.S. This is because, at least for now, the Russian government is more repressive. But nonetheless, these Russian women have found ways to protest. One of the main ways has been a channel on the Telegram messaging app called "Put Domoy" in Russian, or "The Way Home," which has had more than 14,650 participants. The channel’s organizers published a manifesto pushing for mobilized soldiers to be sent home after a year in the combat zone. "Military servicemen and their families—unite and fight for your rights," the manifesto said in part.

The Russian government has not wanted to arrest family members of combat soldiers for protesting. But it seems they are running out of men to send to the front. So instead of reducing time spent in combat, the Russian government is offering more money and benefits to families of soldiers. But the women don’t want to be bribed and they won’t be silenced by hush money. They want their husbands and sons to come home.